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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
Rob McElhenney: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's stunning and very serious season finale was in the works for 14 years
"Very rarely do we have any kind of a real emotional resonance," says McElhenney of the Season 13 finale. "We’ve been working on this show for 14 years and we want to just try different things, see what works and what doesn’t work. We like to stretch and do things that are a little bit scary." Asked about the epic moment at the end of the Season 13 finale, McElhenney responded: "Well, the impetus was twofold. I wanted to do something with my character in regards to his sexuality, something that wasn’t just played for jokes but that would resonate emotionally, and I wasn’t 100 percent sure what that would be. We didn’t want it to seem pandering or off-tone or off-brand or just un-Sunny. So, how do we find a way in which it feels like you’re still watching the same show and yet we’re addressing something that is so important to our culture right now?"
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
You're the Worst unveils its final season trailer and premiere date
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The FXX comedy returns for its fifth and final season on Jan. 9.
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's twist on a clip show episode didn't work
Source: The A.V. Club
“The Gang Does A Clip Show” was "too big a surrealistic swing for Sunny to take," says Dennis Perkins, who adds that "the whole clip show premise is a little played out to start with. For one thing, how many sitcoms actually still do clip shows, those budget-conscious exercises in cynical repackaging that once littered the average show’s 24-episode seasons? For another, anytime the whole clip show conceit is announced, it’s a signal these days that a show is going to play around with the concept rather than whip out a package of greatest hits while the show’s actors spend a quick afternoon sitting around and asking, 'Hey, remember when . . ?'" ALSO: “The Gang Does A Clip Show” was one of the show's funniest-ever episodes.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
Glenn Howerton regrets It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's "Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person" title
The 2007 episode is “one of the few regrets I have," Howerton tells GQ. "I would change that title now. I do find that title offensive, personally. At the time I don’t even know what I was thinking.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Read an oral history of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's "The Nightman Cometh" musical episode
Considered the best episode, "The Night Cometh" aired 10 years ago next month and has since become a live show phenomenon.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Study: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia characters have consumed drugs or alcohol at least 134 times over 140 episodes
The American Addiction Centers studied every episode of the FX comedy from the first 12 seasons. It found that Charlie was No. 1 with 324 mentions or visual depictions of alcohol or drugs, followed by Dennis, Dee, Mac and Frank.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia hasn't run out of things to say in Season 13
Source: The New Yorker
After all, says Ian Crouch, "a group of reactionary, mean-spirited, lying degenerates seems perfectly suited to the moment." He adds: "Yet while the series has, over the years, made surprisingly cogent arguments about everything from gun control to mental illness, its true dedication has been to its own flavor of nonsense, and to itself. In these later stages, it has taken to consuming its own history and probing the question of whether it should even exist anymore." ALSO: Kaitlin Olson talks working with Mindy Kaling and having less improv in Season 13.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Mindy Kaling helped It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia bring its toxic subtext to the surface
Kaling's appearance as Cindy in the Season 13 premiere wasn't just as any foil. "As she herself puts it, she’s a 'brown-skinned girl,' and so her eventual ejection from the Gang, while inevitable, feels different from previous iterations of this storyline," says Inkoo Kang. "The Sunny writers know that their morally grotesque characters are uncomfortable around black people, routinely stereotype other people of color, and mistreat women on a regular basis. (One of the show’s most remarkable aspects is its high-wire ability to engage in politically incorrect humor that seldom feels like it’s punching down.) But women and people of color are rarely suggested as substitutions for one of the Gang’s members, so Cindy’s ousting becomes one of the show’s most forceful reminders that, while the group regularly brushes off outsiders, that closed-mindedness includes a refusal to treat anyone who’s not a white man as a potential coequal. If the Gang previously seemed like dirtbags whose actions largely happened to be racist and sexist, Cindy’s expulsion suggests that their uglier qualities were meant to be the text, rather than the subtext, all along." ALSO: Rob McElhenney explained how hard it was to get his body ripped for this season.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia proves it's better off resisting growth and change
Source: The Ringer
As the Season 13 premiere showed, the FXX comedy isn't ready for change. "Everything is in its right place as the credits roll on the premiere of Season 13—nothing has changed, and no one has learned anything," says Andrew Gruttadaro. "For 12 seasons, that has been the unifying theory of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. These are characters who have failed to sell gasoline door-to-door … twice; characters who have gotten addicted to crack multiple times. This is a show that has repeatedly thumbed its nose at the notion that it’d have to eventually mature, with Charlie once singing 'Go f*ck yourselves' while high on spray paint fumes. For years, Always Sunny has violently resisted growth and change. Why start embracing it now?
- "Season 13 enters as an incomplete, wonky machine and exits this first episode careening in several, seemingly out-of-control directions at once"
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Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia tackles #MeToo in its official Season 13 trailer
Watch the gang attend sexual harassment training in the first extended glimpse of the 13th season.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Archer Season 10 is traveling to 1999
“Blast off to: Archer: 1999," executive producer Casey Willis announced at Comic-Con, revealing Season 10 will consist of eight episodes.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia announces a mobile game
Source: Paste Magazine
Players will be able to participate in poorly planned money-making schemes on It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell was a show five years ahead of its time
Source: The New York Times
Bell, now host of CNN's United Shades of America, had a Chris Rock-produced FX (and, later, FXX) late-night talk show that ran for two seasons, from 2012 to 2013. Yet its legacy lies in the rising stars it showcased, including comedians Guy Branum (now host of Talk Show the Game Show), Hari Kondabolu (of The Problem with Apu fame) and Aparna Nancherla (who is "everywhere right now") -- not to mention Bell himself. As Jason Zinoman notes, Totally Biased's "legacy has only grown thanks to the success of its on-air talent, particularly its crew of progressive, diverse stand-up correspondents, many of whom got their first major national exposure on the show." Bell's show, Zinoman adds, was unlike other shows at the time: "Less wonky, more polemical and eager to engage in debate. Unlike many hosts, he was not afraid to cede center stage, putting the spotlight on an exchange about rape jokes between Lindy West and Jim Norton, for instance." ALSO: W. Kamau Bell discusses his new Netflix special, Private School Negro.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Mindy Kaling is coming to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Kaling tweeted a photo this morning of her reading a script from the FXX series.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Danny DeVito responds to a teenage girl who took a cardboard cutout of him to prom -- with a cardboard cutout of her
Source: Fox News
DeVito posed with a cardboard cutout of teen Allison Closs on the set of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.